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Lash Alert: Clumped-Up Fringe Is In


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Spidery mascara used to make us cringe, but all over the fall runways, makeup artists coated (and coated) the models' lashes until they stuck together for a surprisingly sexy effect. Want to dial up your fringe? Don't just start piling on the product. There are steps you should follow to ensure your lashes look vampy, not trampy. I talked to makeup master Pat McGrath to get the breakdown. See her tips when you keep reading.

1. "When it comes to intentionally spidery lashes, the first layer of mascara is crucial," explains McGrath. "Start by curling your lashes, then take a lightweight, non-volumizing mascara (heavy formulas will clump too much), and carefully apply one coat so lashes are smooth and perfectly separated."

2. "Use your eyelash curler to define your lashes while they're still wet," she says. "Let the first coat of mascara dry completely, then clamp down again." Don't do this with more than one coat though, or it will cause the individual hairs to stick together.

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3. "Next, roll the mascara wand from roots to tips of the lashes, going back and forth several times. To get the most extreme effect, repeat at least four times, allowing each layer to dry as you go."

4. Backstage at Gucci, McGrath paired big fat lashes with a bold mouth (above). Want a slightly more demure, daytime look? McGrath suggests offsetting a strong fringe with a rosy blush and tinted lip balm.

5. Another way to try out the trend is with a pair of falsies, which makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used at Alberta Ferretti to striking effect. We recently came across strips from Reese Roberts Beauty Professional that mimic layered-on mascara. You can find them on their website under the style names "Miss Thing," "Diva," and "Drama Queen."

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